Moose Jaw Warriors
EDMONTON — The Moose Jaw Warriors found a way to counter the Edmonton Oil Kings' speed and skill Sunday.
Unfortunately for the Tribe they had no answer for Laurent Brossoit.
Brossoit, the Oil Kings goalie, made 48 saves in a 6-1 Edmonton win in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final Sunday. The series moved to Moose Jaw Tuesday (7 p.m., Mosaic Place) for Game 3.
"We had some good looks. We had some good chances. We hit a post. Their goalie made some really nice saves," said Warriors head coach Mike Stothers.
"We definitely improved from Game 1. We had close to 50 shots and a lot of them were good quality chances. We had some chances and their goalie made some really nice saves."
Brossoit is the reigning CHL goalie of the week and he showed why as he put on a clinic as the Rexall Place.
"I kind of like those games," said Brossoit of his work load. "They shot a lot right off the bat, let me get into it. I was seeing it and I was feeling good."
He said given the circumstances it was the best game of his career.
"Given the situation — stopping 48 shots in the playoffs. Yes," said Brossoit.
The Warriors tried to focus on the positives in their performance and not dwell on Brossoit's larceny.
"Yeah we're frustrated, but that's only going to bring us down more," said Warriors left winger Quinton Howden. "There's positives to bring out of the game that we have to build off of.
"We were getting our grind time in. We were able to cycle the puck well at times. That allowed us to get opportunities on net and we need to get a lot more."
Stothers saw the positives in his teams performances as well.
"We were a lot better than we were in Game 1 which is encouraging," said Stothers. "We'll take it up a notch in the third game.
The Oil Kings enjoyed a 1-0 first period lead, but the Warriors threw everything they had at Brossoit in the second period.
They were out-shooting the Oil Kings 16-1 in the frame and Justin Kirsch had just hit the post, when Henrik Samuelsson doubled the Oil Kings' lead. The Warriors finally found a way past Brossoit when Kenton Miller deflected a Cam Braes point shot on the Warriors 32nd shot. That came on their fifth power play of the game 11:37 left in the second period.
The Oil Kings wasted no time responding as Martin Gernat scored a power play goal to give the OKs a 3-1 lead.
"It wasn't a 6-1 game. It could have easily been a 2-1 or a 3-1 game, but when we have a chance to put the puck in the net we have to to that to keep Moose Jaw on their heels a little bit," said Oil Kings head coach Derek Laxdal.
Jordan Peddle opened the scoring for the Oil Kings with his first of two goals. Curtis Lazar scored the back-breaker early in the third period. Mitchell Moroz scored a late power play goal to pad the final score. Siemens made 26 saves in the loss.